Chelsea’s vice-captain Ben Chilwell says a lack of ruthlessness in front of goal was key to our loss against Nottingham Forest.
The Blues suffered a first home defeat of the season against Steve Cooper’s side due to an Anthony Elanga strike moments after half-time, with that goal enough to secure all three points for the away side.
Chelsea hammered in 21 attempts on goal in stark contrast to Forest’s seven but clear-cut chances were few and far between. Chilwell says bettering an opponents' statistics doesn’t always convert or equal three points.
‘Very frustrating result and everyone is very disappointed in the changing room right now. If you look at the stats we dominated the game, had the possession, but the most important stat is the goals. We lost in that department and lost the game, that is the black and white of it and we need to improve,’ Ben said post-match.
‘Mistakes are part of football, and it is about how you recover from those mistakes and try and get back into games.'
Chilwell says we did not react well enough to going a goal down, despite having 40 minutes to find a solution.
‘After we conceded we get too erratic which suited them more and we lost control of the game which is not what we wanted. That is what we need to improve, continuing to play our football after conceding.
'It is a very new team still and a lot of new players still trying to find their feet at a new club, you have to understand their playing styles but it is a game we still should be winning. No excuses. We will hopefully turn this round as the confidence grows,' he added.
There are still signs for optimism, though, says our no.21.
‘We are moving in the right direction. Every game we have controlled possession and the majority of matches we have played. We need to finish chances, be more ruthless and stay composed to get back into games. That’s the final bit, finishing our chances.’